“Magnifying what’s essential, editing out excess.” This is the manifesto that runs through the Sydney leather goods brand, The Horse. The brand is most well known for their collection of classic timepieces such as ‘The Original’ and ‘The Classic.’ True to their name, these are watches will stand the test of time with the sophisticated leather colours and high quality silver, gold or rose gold finishes.
The Horse was founded in 2009 by husband and wife duo, Scott and Amy Hawkes. Before having their own label, Scott worked as a registered nurse and has also had experience with manufacturing. He helped launched Aussie leather goods brand Status Anxiety in 2004.
The brand first began as a leather footwear brand, inspired by a man that was wearing beautiful leather shoes and no socks, walking past while they were having coffee on sunny Sunday morning. After three years of producing high quality footwear, the young married couple wanted to see where their love of leather would take them as they had always wanted to expand into a lifestyle brand.
The watches that they are so well known for are actually the result of a trade show gone wrong. It had been something Scott and Amy had always dreamed of doing and in October 2013, after landing overseas and finding themselves with unexpected free time, they explored this possibility. Since then, The Horse have also expanded to making leather wallets and bags.
Each piece is lovingly designed by Scott and Amy in their studio with an emphasis on simplicity and functionality. The colour palate resembles the local beaches around Sydneys’ Cronulla, near where the couple live. As the collection grows, they refine their designs, magnifying what’s essential and editing out the excess.